Ian Warden

Ian Warden

Ian Warden is a columnist for The Canberra Times

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Wartime - was it unpatriotic to own a German piano?

Ian Warden In Australia during the Great War patriotic loathing of Germany extended to a loathing of things made by Germans. There even seem to have been public smashings of German pianos.

Gang-gang. Portrait of ex "Minister for Women" uses 11,000 pictures of women.


Ian Warden Forgive us, Australia, for running today's picture of a man (Tony Abbott) the nation is so keen to forget, but there is something really remarkable about this portrait as a work of art.

Gang-gang. Surreal and astonishing works in School of Art Graduating Exhibition and from the night

Ian Warden The needles on our Surrealometer and Astonishometer were whizzing.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Bachelors slammed for 'double-barrelled' selfishness

Ian Warden Victoria simply reeks with well-to-do bachelors over military age who do absolutely nothing to help the Empire in this great crisis.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Disastrous late November frosts politician's fault

In late November 100 years ago, severe frosts damaged Canberra gardens.

Ian Warden Canberrans may scoff at the prospect of Siberian weather in late November, but 100 years ago this week, a horrified Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer shuddered under the unseasonable weather.

Gang-gang: New book finds Gallipoli hero Simpson became donkey smart as a boy

An English resort's poster promised donkey rides on the beach.

Ian Warden With Gallipoli on all thinking Australians' minds this year (for it is the centenary of the controversial horror of our boys' service on Gallipoli) we are alerted to some fascinating...

Gang-gang. Hungarian embassy to remember Puskas, great football virtuoso

Ian Warden If football (soccer) the Beautiful Game, booming among the Australian young, does have its Don Bradman, clearly the finest virtuoso the game has known, who is it?

Gang-gang: eVolo's Skyscraper Competition provides ideas for Canberra's skyline

Ian Warden Very fond of skyscrapers, your columnist got his hopes up at the recent Canberra Times heading "High-rises to tower over Gungahlin."

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Nurses' ugly uniforms letting Aussie womanhood down

Australian World War I nurses swelter at the Sphinx.

Ian Warden Big Bang theory. One hundred years ago this week a columnist with Melbourne's Table Talk, noting the impasse on Gallipoli, thought he knew how to smash the foe.

Gang-gang. Canberra's (caring) heart's first throbs: for Belgium in 1914

Jane Miller watches King O'Malley drive in the first peg, 1913.

Ian Warden We all want to believe that Canberra has a heart, a Good Samaritanesque, civic sensitivity to the plights of the woebegone of the earth.

Gang-gang. Oldest old fogey opposed to Light Rail is W.S. Gilbert, 179


Ian Warden Of course the most vocal opponents of the government's keenly-anticipated light rail developments are old men, old fogeys. But how old is the oldest of them all? 

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. War-jangled men cured by 'magic' of hypnotism

Ian Warden Sydney's awful The World's News (the Daily Telegraph of its time) loved stories of miracles and the supernatural and 100 years ago this week gasped "MAGIC CURES BY HYPNOTISM. WIZARD DOCTOR."

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Suffragettes visit brave pacifist in Brisbane gaol

Ian Warden Australia in 1915 was a hostile environment for conscientious opponents of war.

Gang-gang. Smile please. Canberra launch of a book of posed bird portraits

Chicken the Australasian gannet. By Leila Jeffreys.

Ian Warden Isn't it the extreme differences between eagles and gannets and us that makes wild birds and their study so magical?

They're back. All-Australian Koels calling in ACT suburbia

Ian Warden Too many Gang-gang cockatoos, our dear territory's faunal emblem, are not enough.

Gang-gang: Photography exhibition celebrates diversity of Canberra's women


Ian Warden Once upon a time a Canberra photographic exhibition called Women Of Canberra would have been a gallery of pictures of white, Anglo-Saxon sheilas, lots of them Edna Everages.